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Luke Bryan’s ‘Knockin’ Boots’ Scoots To No. 1 On Country Airplay

"I'm so grateful to radio and the fans," Bryan says. "It's just mind-blowing. This song had me from the first time I heard it. It's a combination of fun, catchy and sexy, and I love watching how the…

Luke Bryan banks his 21st No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, as “Knockin’ Boots” ascends 2-1 on the list dated Sept. 14. The song reigns with a 7% gain to 39.8 million audience impressions in the week ending Sept. 8, according to Nielsen Music.  

On the Hot Country Songs chart, which is fueled by airplay, streaming and sales data, “Boots” bumps 3-2 for its new high.

With “Boots,” written by Jon Nite, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, Bryan moves into a tie for the sixth-most Country Airplay No. 1s, matching Jason Aldean and Keith Urban’s totals. Among all artists, Kenny Chesney has the most leaders (30), followed by Tim McGraw (29), Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton and George Strait (26 each).

“I’m so grateful to radio and the fans,” Bryan says. “It’s just mind-blowing. This song had me from the first time I heard it. It’s a combination of fun, catchy and sexy, and I love watching how the crowd connects to it at the shows. It is definitely one of my favorites to do.”

“Boots” is the first single from Bryan’s upcoming seventh full-length. It follows “What Makes You Country,” which peaked at No. 2 on Country Airplay in March, after he linked 13 leaders in a row (as a lead act and not including holiday fare). “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” became his 13th straight No. 1, topping the tally for two weeks in September 2018.


CROW FLIES IN Sheryl Crow’s Threads arrives at a career-best No. 2 on Top Country Albums. In her lone prior appearance, Feels Like Home debuted and peaked at No. 3 in September 2013. Threads starts with 15,000 equivalent album units, with 14,000 in traditional sales.

The new set sports an array of collaborators from country, rock and Americana, including Kris Kristofferson, Stevie Nicks and The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. Lead single “Prove You Wrong” (featuring Nicks and Maren Morris) bowed and peaked at No. 33 on the Country Airplay chart dated June 15.

NEW ‘GIRL’ Trisha Yearwood’s Every Girl, her first album of all-new country material since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, which entered and peaked at No. 10 on Top Country Albums, opens at No. 5 (11,000 units; 10,000 sold).

Yearwood adds her 14th top 10, a total that includes four No. 1s. She last led in December 2016 with Christmas Together, with her husband, Garth Brooks. (This March, Let’s Be Frank, her tribute album to Frank Sinatra, one of her musical heroes, hit No. 2 on Billboard‘s Jazz Albums chart.)

“Every Girl in This Town,” the first single from Every Girl, bullets at No. 34 on Country Airplay, up 6% to 5 million impressions.

Yearwood and Pearl and Gwendolyn Records general manager Lesly Simon sat down for a Billboard Chart Beat Podcast (Sept. 4). “You lose your filter; that’s not so good,” Yearwood said, laughing, about her mindset at this point in her life and career. “But, you also lose your inhibitions. There’s a freedom that comes with time that allows you to just have fun. When I listen to this record back, I don’t have one regret. I don’t have any song I would’ve done differently. Whatever happens with it [commercially], I’m good, because I’m so happy with the way it came out. That’s a freedom that comes with taking all the pressure off yourself.”

TOP 10 ‘VIBES’ Chris Janson attains his fourth Country Airplay top 10 as “Good Vibes” rises 11-9, up 8% to 22 million in audience. He scores his first top 10 since “Drunk Girl,” which rose to No. 7 in October 2018.

‘SMALL’ IS BIG Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell’s “Whatever Happens in a Small Town” hops 12-10 on Country Airplay (21.9 million, up 8%). Gilbert earns his eighth top 10 and Ell notches her first.